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Benjy The Gay Bull Finds Sanctuary At Last - VIDEO

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Benjy the gay bull arrived at an animal sanctuary in the U.K. last weekend after activists in Ireland started a campaign to save him from the slaughterhouse, reports The Advocate.

John Kelly, a farmer in County Mayo, Ireland bought the bull for breeding last year but was left disappointed when he he realised that Benjy is more interested in other bulls.

However, when Dublin-based Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) highlighted Benjy’s plight, The UK launched a crowdfunding campaign to save his life.

Many donations were made to save Benjy but his final transfer to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary was made possible by a donation from Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons

In a statement, Simon said:

"It thrills me to help [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] and ARAN make Benjy’s fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich.

"PETA told me about Benjy, and I felt compelled to help. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he’s gay would’ve been a double tragedy."

Kelly said he has learned a lot about "compassion for the bull" and "the concept of homosexuality." He added that Benjy's sexuality is "a part of nature."

Hillside farmer John Watson told the Irish Sunday Independent that Benjy will be castrated on arrival “because we want to rescue animals in need, not breed them and fill up the sanctuary.”

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Scientists Say Homosexuality Is 'An Essential Part Of Human Evolution'

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A group of researchers from the University of Portsmouth conceived a new theory that homosexuality helped humans form beneficial relationships with each other in the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to ensure survival reports City A.M. Charles Darwin's laws of natural selection state that unless a trait is passed on reproductively from generation to generation, it eventually disappears – yet the percentage of the population that is gay, whether female or male, has remained roughly the same. Diana Fleischman, head author of the report, said sexual behavior and relationships encompass much more than just the act of it.

Said Fleischman:

"From an evolutionary perspective we tend to think of sexual behaviour as a means to an end for reproduction.
 
"However, because sexual behaviour is intimate and pleasurable, it is also used in many species, including non-human primates, to help form and maintain social bonds. We can all see this in romantic couples who bond by engaging in sexual behaviour even when reproduction is not possible."
 
Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 2.46.35 PMTo test this theory, researchers examined the "Social" hormone progesterone, produced in the ovaries of women and adrenal glands in men, that encourages people to engage with others in positive, constructive ways. They asked participants in the study questions such as "The idea of kissing a person of the same sex is sexually arousing to me," and, "If someone of the same sex made a pass at me I would be disgusted." Researches compared the answers to the level of progesterone in the blood. 
 
Final results published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, show that the people with higher levels of the hormone are more inclined to have homoerotic thoughts. Heterosexual men and women, for example, were more open to the idea of engaging in homosexual behaviour when progesterone levels were high. Also, men who produced more of the hormone felt more homosexual if they were reminded of a societal need to be friendly with other males. 
 
However, researchers found that in order for this advantageous trait to pass on to next generations, the individual must be bisexual. Essentially, an individual passes on their genes through heterosexual sex and reinforces group connections with fellow hunter-gatherers through homosexual sex to ensure both reproductive and social survival. Other studies of fellow members of the great ape family already show a link between a need to form intimate relationships and homosexuality, but this was the first time the trait was revealed in humans. However, expect the angry Christian woman to tackle and debunk this theory after she finishes her "thesis" on her trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Campaign Launched To Save Irish Gay Bull From Slaughterhouse - VIDEO

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An Irish animal rights group has launched a campaign to save a gay bull from the slaughterhouse, reports Pink News.

#savebenjy2A farmer in County Mayo bought the bull for breeding last year but was left disappointed when he he realised that Benjy is more interested in other bulls.

The farmer said:

“At first I didn’t take seriously that the bull could be gay, but after seeking advice I know this can happen. The bull is now too old to castrate and turn into a bullock so I will keep him for the factory.”

However, when Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) highlighted Benjy’s plight, TheGayUK launched a crowdfunding campaign to save his life.

 

With 23 days left, the campaign has so far raised nearly $6,000 and an animal sanctuary in England has offered to care for Benjy for the rest of his life.

ARAN’s John Carmody said:

“The plight of little Benjy is hitting the hearts and households of Irish society with the reality of what will face this innocent boy if someone somewhere doesn’t step in. As a gay man myself, I know only too well what it is like to be treated indifferently, that’s why I hope we can give Benjy a second chance in life whilst helping to bring attention to the problems facing all gay people everywhere around the world, and of course the many other Benjy’s that are brought to slaughter on a daily basis who are not so lucky.”

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Could You Survive The 'Queerpocalypse?': VIDEO

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The time? The future. The place? Chicago. The survivors of an apocalyptic mess? One gay man, one lesbian, and a fat, old chihuahua. Welcome to the Queerpocalypse!

The Second City Network had a vision of what the world may look like in the not too distant future, and that vision was decidedly homosexual. "The patriarchy is dead. The human race is extinct. Except for a couple of queers." Join them as they fight for survival amid the ruins!

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And if you missed yesterday's Second City video of the McCardles - the totally straight, totally happy 'ex-gay' couple - check that out HERE.

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Irish Aquarium Reports Pair of Gay Penguins

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Ireland's Dingle Oceanworld says that a pair of gay penguins have reportedly revealed themselves by setting up a nest together, the Irish Examiner reports:

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium.

The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off.

"It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females."

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures.

"The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

Here on Towleroad we've followed many gay penguin pairs over the years, including Suki and Chupchikoni at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center, Buddy and Pedro at the Toronto Zoo, Harry and Pepper at the SF zoo, Z and Vielpunkt at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, two great parents at a Chinese zoo, and of course NY's Silo and Roy, who were immortalized in the controversial children's book, And Tango Makes Three.


Billions of Insects are Having Accidental Gay Sex

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Scientists at Tel Aviv University have been researching the peculiar, but extremely common practice of same-sex mating between insects. The result: bugs are just so excited to procreate that they can't tell the difference before they've mounted each other. There are, it turns out, plenty of factors that go into the randy, six-legged sex-fest, including confusing female pheromones from the bugs' previous mates. Still, some 85% of the insects in the study took part in same-sex mating practices; maybe they're on to something.

Daily Mail reports:

The study found there are no clear benefits for certain species of insects to have same-sex relationships and concluded they may be duped into thinking another is a female, either because of how similar they look or by scents they have picked up. 

Dr Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology and Dr Oliver Martin of ETH Zurich claim mating takes time and energy and can be dangerous, which makes homosexual mating even less appealing from an evolutionary perspective because it lacks the payoff of procreation. 

'Insects and spiders mate quick and dirty,' claimed Dr Scharf. 'The cost of taking the time to identify the gender of mates or the cost of hesitation appears to be greater than the cost of making some mistakes.'

The researchers identify insects' evolutionary flaws as one cause of the phenomenon as well. These bugs are not adept to make cost-benefit analyses, and they are also unable to distinguish between other objects and their own kind. They sometimes "mate with related species or inanimate objects, like beer bottles." The benefits of same-sex coupling, if there are any, remain unclear, but researchers are not done looking into the mating practices of insects.

'Homosexual behaviour may be genomically linked to being more active, a better forager, or a better competitor,' said Dr Scharf. 'So even though misidentifying mates isn't a desirable trait, it's part of a package of traits that leaves the insect better adapted overall.'

To confirm their theory, the researchers plan to study the conditions that make homosexual behaviour more or less likely in bugs. They also want to look more deeply into male resistance to homosexual mating.


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